Steelers Release Aaron Smith. James Farrior could be Next
Smith is scheduled to make a $2.1 million in base salary in 2012. He’s spent the past several seasons on the injured reserve list. In the past three seasons, he hasn’t played in more than six games and ended up on IR due to various injuries.
Farrior is a 15th-year MLB who is entering the final year of a contract that will pay him $2.825 million when the 2012 season begins. The Steelers are desperately trying to free up cap space to re-sign free agent WR Mike Wallace, and Farrior’s agent believes his client is next on the Steelers’ chopping block. He just turned 37 in April, so retirement may be an option for Farrior. Now comes news the team has cut guard Chris Kemoeatu. His release will save the Steelers $5.2 million.